Paris 1900, The City of Entertainment

The Belle Epoque was at its zenith in 1900 Paris.  It was a period characterized by optimism, new technology and scientific discoveries. The peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish with many masterpieces of literature, music, theater and visual art being created.

The exhibition "Paris 1900, The City ...


Paris' Swinging Gypsy Jazz Scene

Originating in the suburbs of Paris in the 1930s, this distinctively energetic style of jazz was created by the legendary Django Reinhardt, who played with fellow gypsy musicians in Parisian jazz haunts during the 1930s and 1940s. Reinhardt grew up in a caravan in the Parisian suburbs and famously lost the use of two ...


Josephine at Musee du Luxembourg

One of France's most remarkable First Ladies, Josephine, is the subject of an exhibition at Paris' Musée du Luxembourg. On the occasion of the bicentenary of her death at Malmaison in 1814, the exhibition revisits through paintings and many personal items Josephine's life and times.

Josephine de Beauharnais was the ...


Paris' Free Museums

With over 30 million visitors a year, Paris is the world’s most visited city. Among its many attractions are its 153 museums, which showcase an incredibly diverse collection of art from all around the world. In a bid to widen accessibility to this impressive cultural heritage, the city of Paris has allowed free ...


"Miranda Road"

Heather Reyes'  new novel "Miranda Road" is partly set in Paris in late sixties, seventies and eighties (and also goes back to Vichy France). The book is due to be published at the beginning of May. Novelist Maggie Gee has already called the book: 'rich, poetic, painterly, wise and tender..."

"Miranda Road" tells the ...


Lucio Fontana Revisited

How much would you pay for a slashed canvas with no picture on it? Not much one might say, but just such a painting by Lucio Fontana titled "Teresita" fetched 11.6 million dollars at Christie's London in 2008.  Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) was one of the most influential artists of the post war period. The Musée d’Art ...


Arles Photography Rendezvous 2014

The 45th edition of the prestigious Rencontres d’Arles has a whiff of the past about it. And for good reason: France’s most famous photography festival, which kicks off on July 7 and runs thru September, will be the last curated by its director François Hebel*, who has invited back some of his guests from the previous ...


Summer Holiday Question

Image Q My French boyfriend and I are fighting over how to spend summer holidays. We have planned a 10-day camping trip in Wyoming, but I intend to stay in the US on my own for an extra week to visit some former college classmates in California. My boyfriend insists that he should come with me, even though he knows none of ...


Tasty tips...French aperitifs

ImageTerrace weather is here and having a drink at a strategically placed people-watching café is one of the pleasures of living in Paris. Here are some tips on some of France's favorite after-six drinks.

Dubonnet
A bitter aperitif invented in Paris in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet. Dubonnet is made from wines from Roussillon, ...


Thomas Hirschhorn at Palais de Tokyo

"Eternal Flame," Hirschhorn's new artwork at Paris' Palais de Tokyo, is a monumental installation made of old car tires, brown packing tape and cardboard which feels more like an art squat than museum exhibition. Says Hirschhorn "What I want to do is to create—within an institution—a public space.... A space for ...


Vincent van Gogh Revisited in Auvers-sur-Oise
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Auberge Ravoux © Miyazaki

With the Musée d'Orsay's  exhibition "Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society" (until July 6, 2014) it's an ideal time to visit the town Auver Sur Oise where the artist spent his final days. In this picturesque village located just a short train ride from Paris you can walk in van ...


Dear Conjunction Theatre Company
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Les Clack

Dear Conjunction Theatre Company has been bringing Parisian audiences the best in bilingual theater since 1991. During that time they have produced over 30 plays from Harold Pinter to Mike Leigh to Yasmina Reza.

"Bilingual theater is not easy,"  says Les Clack ." We tried alternating performances with ...


Paris Terrasses, Outdoor Dining in Paris

One of the summer pleasures of Paris is having a drink at an outdoor cafe terrace. "Paris Terrasses, Outdoor Dining in Paris" published just in time for the season is a new 2014 updated bilingual guide to Paris' outdoor dining gems ranging from terraces on rooftops such as "Les Ombres" decorated by the archtect Jean ...


Kati Horna Paris Retrospective

The photographer Kati Horna   (Szilasbalhási, Hungary, 1912–Mexico, 2000) is relatively unknown outside the photo cognoscenti.  Paris' Jeu de Paume aims to change this with a major retrospective of her work put together in collaboration with the Museo Amparo in Puebla (Mexico). This first retrospective of her ...


Robert Mapplethorpe Paris Retrospective

Back in 1989 Robert Mapplethorpe's photography exhibition "A Perfect Moment" was cancelled by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington due to pressure from conservative politicians. His homo-erotic and S&M pictures at the time fueled a national debate over public funding for the arts. Some of these controversial pictures and ...


English-speaking Paris

Hawaiian Arts Festival with hula kahiko and ‘auana, oli, music, storytelling, lomilomi, gastronomy, lei-making, and even stand-up paddle surfing (June 27 to July 5, 2014) takes place at Paris' Musée Branly. The event is sponsored by France-Hawai'i, a non-profit Association, which promotes Hawaiian culture in France by ...


Emmet Gowin Paris Restrospective

"There are things in your life that only you will see, stories that only you will hear. If you don't tell them or write them down, if you don't make the picture, these things will not be seen, these things will not be heard," says the photographer and teacher Emmet Gowin. One can imagine him saying such a thing to his ...


Henri Cartier-Bresson Paris Retrospective

One of the world's most influential photographers is featured with a retrospective at Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou (to  June 9, 2014). Henri Cartier-Bresson, (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) considered by many to be the father of photojournalism, blended a remarkable sense of design with the ability to capture the ...


How We Didn't Buy a House in Besançon

Jon Lewis' charming book "How We Didn't Buy a House in Besancon" tells the tale of challenges encountered when buying property in France. Required reading for anyone contemplating retiring here. Finally succeeding at finding his dream home, he and his wife Josée now live in the South of France, eight hours drive from ...


Bill Viola's Time Sculptures

Bill Viola — along with such people as Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik, William Wegman and Gary Hill—  is a video art pioneer.  He is currently featured with a large retrospective of his work at Paris' Grand Palais (to July 21, 2914). This is the first time video art is shown at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais.

Video ...


Iran's Art Scene at Paris' MOMA

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is presenting "Unedited History, iran 1960-2014"  (to August 24, 2014) focusing on the cultural context for Iranian artists working in those years. The exhibition, more of a history lesson than typical art show, is presented chronologically starting from  the years 1960–1970 ...


Plains Indian Art at Branly Museum

A major exhibition "The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky" at Paris' Musée Branly (to July 20) pays tribute to the art created by American Indians from pre-contact to the 20th century. Part art and part history lesson the exhibition includes drawings, sculptural works in stone, wood, antler and shell, porcupine ...


Kabakovs' Not So Strange City

"The Strange City" is the title of an installation by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at Monumenta 2014 situated in Paris' Grand Palais. The name is a bit of a misnomer in that it's neither a city nor very strange. Quiet village better describes this contemplative installation with pueblo blanco-like structures having ...


The Lighter Side of Paris

I once asked the French photographer Boubat if he was a romantic. He responded saying no "I'm a humanist. I'm interested in photographing people. There's enough bad to be seen in the world.  I like to photograph and show what is good."

French Humanist Photographers were among the best at portraying poetic moments and ...

  

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